84000 Glossary of Terms

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གཟུགས་ཀྱི་ཁམས། | Glossary of Terms

    གཟུགས་ཀྱི་ཁམས།

    gzugs kyi khams

    rūpadhātu

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One of the three realms of saṃsāra in Buddhist cosmology, it is characterized by subtle materiality. Here beings, though subtly embodied, are not driven primarily by the urge for sense gratification. It consists of seventeen heavens structured according to the four concentrations of the form realm (rūpāvacaradhyāna), the highest five of which are collectively called “the five pure abodes” (Śuddhāvāsa). The form realm is located above the desire realm (kāmadhātu) and below the formless realm (ārūpya­dhātu).